19 October 2012

Principles of outstanding leadership

by The Work Foundation – Lancaster University

Good leaders see vision as aligning people through a cascade of objectives.

A great report by The Work Foundation – part of Lancaster University that analyses the principles of outstanding leadership. The report talks through research after a two year study with 262 leaders from well known companies including BAE Systems, EDF Energy, Guardian Media Group, Serco, Tesco and Unilever.

Three principles are shared in the report:

1. They think and act systemically seeing things as a whole and providing a guiding sense of purpose.

2. They see people as the route to performance – being deeply people and relationship centred. For outstanding leaders, people are the only route to sustainable performance.

3. They are self confident without being arrogant – their sense of self is not ego-driven but serve a goal and acting consistently to achieve excellence through their interactions.

Great reading for those working with their leadership team looking at mentoring, training and development.

The third point above is made clearly in another study from the book Good to Great by Jim Collins, highlighted below.

A follow on report called Learning and Living the Outstanding Principles of Outstanding Leadership is also available to download – click here.

Download the report here

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